Friday, 13 January 2017
Theatre review: The Albatross 3rd & Main
But the trade in golden eagles means even possession of a dead one is a felony, and Gene has to decide whether the risk is worth it. The Albatross 3rd & Main isn't a play I have a huge amount to say about; it's the kind of American play built around men talking in circles, and its rambling style never grabbed me - as usual writers directing their own plays doesn't work for me, and Eden's production lacks pace. It's only the eventual presence of April De Angelis' Gun‡ that brings any sense of urgency, but in a play that aims for a wisecracking energy its attempts at comedy fall flat, with only St Clair-James' efforts as the good-natured Lullaby raising so much as a smile.
The Albatross 3rd & Main by Simon David Eden is booking until the 4th of February at Park Theatre 90.
Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes including interval.
*the proximity to a Mohawk reservation would suggest the location is Pennsylvania or upstate New York, although going by the accents it's variously the South, Brooklyn, or Scotland.
‡is it still April De Angelis' Gun if the characters are American? I'd kind of assume they all had half a dozen guns on their person anyway.